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Radio Stream Updated - Important Info

[7.27.20]  The Quiet Village Radio stream has been updated.  This update required a completely new stream address that will work with the newest protocols of browsers and other services like TuneIn Radio and Roku.  If you have noticed an interruption in your ability to tune in, this is why.

The new address for the stream may take several days to update. However, in the meantime, you can listen to the new stream right here on the Radio page of DigiTiki.com Thank you all for your patience and support of the station!

Welcome to the New Quiet Village !

[7.1.20] It is hard to beleive that back in 2008, the first Quiet Village Podcast episode debuted. I have to be honest, I never invisioned the show lasting this long. I am humbled by the response from listeners and the show's audience has grown to well over 20,000--all by word of mouth.

Nostalgia is cool, but sometimes its just time to do a little renovation. So I give you the new DigiTiki.com web site design. Its a bit different, but still familair. This site is now more friendly for those viewing on smart devices.

So Mahalo! to all the listeners and Mahalo for visiting the site!

Tiki Joe's Ocean Albums Now On Youre Favorite Streaming Services

[7.1.20] One of our very good friends Andy Nazzal, the founder and creative force behind Tiki Joe's Ocean has just released his collection of albums on all major digital sales and online streaming services. All of the music has been maticulously remastered in 24-bit digital clarity. In Andy's own words; "These sounds better than the initial releases!"

Until now, if you wanted to listen to TJO music, you had to order the CD directly or catch a track on Quiet Village Radio. Now you can listen to all of the fantastic tunes from TJO and even purchase albums as high quality digital downloads.  

Two Exotica projects I am am very proud to have had a hand in. Check'em out!

"Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2"
Alika Lyman Group

From Hawaii, Alika Lyman comes with a heartfelt tribute to his Great Uncle Arthur Lyman. This album spans the gamut of vintage combo jazz and classic Exotica, featuring original compositions and Hawaiian standards. I am proud to have produced this album!
Ltd. Ed. colored vinyl & CD available.

"Far Away Lands: The Exotic Music of Gene Rains"

Gene Rains is the third man of mid-century Exotica, right behind Lyman and Denny.  Rains' music was almost forgotten.  I'm happy to say I helped produce this compilation containing selections from all three of Rains' LP's. Well known music chronologist Randy Poe provides extensive liner notes that also include the original LP cover art.  This CD is already sold out and in high demand!



Your host and guide through the Quiet Village.  
"Where the hell is the bar?"

(c) photo by Kari Hendler

Quiet Village Mai Tai Recipes

The mai-tai is a cornerstone of the various things that make up the Tiki asthetic.  Trader Vic's restaruant and its founder Victor Burgeron lay claim to enventing it--way back in 1944! The name Mai-Tai comes from the Tahitian phrase "Mai Tai Roa E'" which roughly translates into "The Best" or "Out of This World!"  Today, there are countless different versions of the beloved rum drink, including mine.  So for nostalgia sake, here is the original Trader Vic's recipe:

• 2 oz 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
• 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat
• 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
• 1/4 oz Rock Candy Syrup
• juice from one fresh lime
Hand shake and garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint at the edge of the glass.

Even Vic himself tinkered with the recipe over the years and goodness knows other resteraunteurs reverse engenieered, borrowed (cough, cough) the recipe for their own.  

My version was actually inspired by the very very boozey mai tais served at the Bali-Hai restaurant in San Diego.  I dialed theirs back a bit but I do like mine a little on the drier side, so I nixed the curacao and replaced both it and the rock candy syrup with sweet n' sour.  The result is a very satisfying, lightly drier version that retains the original flavor of the classic.

• 1 oz Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum (can substitute simple white rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark Rum (can sub. any dark rum)
• .75 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz sweet & sour
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
Fill Quiet Village Mai Tai glass full of crushed ice. Set spent lime shell aside. Pour in all ingredients into glass EXCEPT Demerara rum. Pour glass contents into another glass and back into Mai Tai glass to gently mix ingredients. Throw in spent lime shell. Float splash of Demerara 151 rum on top of drink. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and marischino cherry speared to pineapple wedge. Enjoy while listening to the Quiet Village Podcast.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE RUMS - I have experimented with many rums and, while I am not a product endorser, I can vouch for the fact that the BEST tasting Q.V. Mai Tai will come from using the Appleton and Caruba Dark rums.  I cannot stress enough how good the drink is with THESE rums!

as if a great Mai Tai weren't enough, why not go top shelf?

• 1 oz Appleton Estate XV rum (or other quality amber rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark rum
• .5 oz sweet & sour
• .5 Cointreau
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
• 1/2 large lime (fresh)

follow same instructions as above.


Let's face it, some people just aren't rum drinkers--and that's ok.  I love vodka drinks too.  If you are entertaining and have friends who just aren't into rum, try this recipe.  It comes out surprisingly close to the rum Mai Tai version.
• 2 oz. vodka (can also use Citron flavored vodka)
• 1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
• 1 oz. Sweet n Sour
• .5 oz Orgeat syrup
• 3/4 oz fresh lime juice (or jucie of 1/2 large lime)
• .5 oz pineapple juice (optional)

Shake with crushed ice and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple wedge, speared to maraschino cherry.

What is Exotica?  What is Tiki Music?

What is "Tiki Music?
There really is no genre called "Tiki Music," but rather it is a group of genres (Exotica, Hawaiian, Ultra-Lounge and others) that generally fit well into a Tiki bar or tropical environment.

What is Exotica?
Exotica is a style of music popularized in the 1950's and 1960's in America and features atmospheric music designed to set a mood of far away tropical lands such as Hawaii or the Orient. The music stereotypically features sound effects like bird calls and jungle sounds, although relatively few albums in the genre actually featured such sounds.

Martin Denny is widely considered the "Father of Exotica" for having popularized the genre in the 50's and '60s. It was the title of Denny's first album "Exotica" that the genre gets its name.

Denny, along with his percussionist Augie Colon, invented the novelty of bird calls and jungle sounds within the music. The story goes that Denny's group was performing at the Shell Bar in Waikiki, HI which contained a water feature with frogs. When the band would start, the frogs would croak. When the music stopped, so would the frogs. People thought it was part of the music and began to request the songs with the frog sounds. Soon after, Colon-- a master bird caller, began to include bird calls in the songs.

While Denny is considered the "Father of Exotica," then Les Baxter must be credited as the "Grandfather of Exotica." Baxter, a master composer and arranger with Capitol Records in the 40's and on into the 70's, is the actual composer of such Denny classics as "Quiet Village", "Left Arm of Buddha", "Taboo" just to name a few.  Baxter is credited for what is widely considered THE first Exotica release: "Ritual of the Savage" which featured exotic rhythms borrowed from Latin and African music and featured song titles that evoked far away lands.

Although the genre is typically associated with out-of-print LP's from 50 years ago, there are a small handful of modern artists recreating and reinterpreting Exotica today.

Exotica on Wikipedia

Where can I get the music I hear on the show?

The music played on the Quiet Village Podcast and on Quiet Village radio comes from my own personal collection of albums that I have accumulated over years of collecting.  In recent times, many of the albums that were once very hard to find are now available on many streaming and digital stores worldwide.  However, there is still a large amount of music that has not been reissued.  In every episode of the Quiet Village Podcast, I try to make sure I delineate between a track that I play that is or is not currently available digitally.

Why the name DigiTiki?

I am first and formost a lover of music--Exotica and many other genres.  I am also an audio engineer.  So for me, I always strive to obtain the best possible sound quality of any recording.  I know that many are in love with the nostalgia and the "warm sound" of vinyl records.  While I do love the nostalgia of the pops and clicks, it doesn't come close the clean sounds available directly from the master tapes.  If the technology existed back then as it does today, I'm confident that the artists and engineers would have recorded their music with it.  There are so many deeply technical issues with why music sounds "warm" or "harsh".  But suffice to say, I love the digitial world.  I love the possibilities it affords.  I can go to an event with literally hundreds of LPs in my pocket on a hard drive (in digital form).  It would take a small moving an full of crates to haul that many vinyl albums--and my back just isn't up for that workout.  

If it were not for digital music formats, both the Quiet Village Podcast and Quiet Village Radio would not be possible by any stretch of the imagination.   Hence, the name-- Tiki gone Digital.  DigiTiki.

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